The gripping inside story of the presidential election, by two of the best political reporters in the country.“It’s one of the best books on politic. “Game Change” authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin attend the “Game Change” film premiere in (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images). Game Change has ratings and reviews. brian said: great minds discuss the campaign by political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

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Sure, there were moments of amusement with an anecdote here or direct quote there. By the end, with Edwards abandoned by his party and McCain’s campaign widely ridiculed, it seems clear that Obama got exactly what he deserved.

But again, if you decide to accept the authors’ word that everything people say in the book is accurate, Game Change is a pretty irresistible read. Published January 11th by Harper first published January 1st Clearly, the Clinton campaign presumed to believe the nomination was theirs, and Hillary cnange even put together a transition staff already in October of In addition, I watched a few minutes of the HBO movie and had the idea that most of this would be concerned with the rise of the unspeakable Sarah Palin.

The authors were sympathetic, if candid, about her state of hsilemann for heilemamn vice presidency. Retrieved January 10, I mean, the 21st century cannot lay claim to being the first with eccentric, to say the least, exotic, and badly behaved candidates.

Trivia About Game Change: Part 1 fourteen chapters is about the Democratic primary race between Obama and Clinton as well as the Edwards affair.

Game Change also included details of John Edwards ‘s affair with Rielle Hunterand his handling of it before it was made public. However, he did come up with the brilliant idea of Heilemqnn Palin to add sizzle to the ticket.

Everybody’s friends in politics, except when there’s an election. View all 50 comments. While reading it, I was constantly being struck by just how amazing the last presidential race was.


He worked to some extent, energizing the base. The book honestly portrays the gamble McCain took when he selected the Alaska governor as his running mate, and the way his campaign handled mis-handled the aftermath of her selection. Part 3 six chapters describe the fall campaign between Obama and John McCain.

I want to talk to persuadable voters! If someone said that he would have been getting us coffee like that in the context they said he said it, that would be very offensive to me, and I would definitely take Mr.

McCain never spoke out against Palin. There should be dissertations written about Obama’s fundraising machine and McCain’s campaign belly-flop. That’s one of the things that has me so upset about this election. One trend in the book which I found particularly specious was the repeated meme of the Clintons railing privately and not privately about how unfairly the media was treating them while fawning over the Obama campaign.

Aug 23, Simon rated it really liked it. See 2 questions about Game Change…. He really is that cerebral, that unflappable, that devoted to Michelle and the girls. Reads like one long gossip column, which is about how entertaining and deep it is. Where is the fun in that?

Clinton was also against running because when she was running for senator, she made the voters the promise that she would complete her full senate term. Use mdy dates from November Pages to import images to Wikidata. The authors maintain a reasonably balanced perspective on everyone–including John McCain and Sarah Palin, whom the authors do a decent job humanizing–until the financial crisis hits in Chapter 21, which is turning point of both the actual campaign and the book itself.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

He was angry; she had interrupted him. More interesting is what we learn about the candidates themselves: Views Read Edit View history. But he and wife Michelle seemed able to keep their heads even when the going got really tough. She also allegedly believed Saddam Hussein was behind the September 11 attacks.

No ‘Game Change III’ (yet) from Halperin and Heilemann – POLITICO

I can already see another boo The inner workings of the presidential campaigns made for some pretty fascinating and down right scary reading. Senator from Illinois — Illinois Senator from the 13th district — I couldn’t stop reading until I found out who won.


This book makes clear how many of those who would lead us are unworthy to do so. Bill, who is as much a character in the book as anyone, takes actions a little harder to condone, but, as with the other people involved, you empathize with where he’s coming from, even if you don’t share his position.

Game Change might provide a good read, but it is a sad commentary on our political process and those who can afford to make the race for president — both monetarily, emotionally and reputation-wise.

Supplemented by exhaustively researched details and an intensity of perspective impossible in our ADHD media cycle, Game Change jihn the story of the election that we all witnessed, but is somehow much more. So many scenes from it still resonate with me years later: I listened to Game Change on an audio version of the book.

What I especially liked about Game Change was the fact that she only emerges in the last quarter of the book, and while they don’t savage the woman, they do let the facts speak for themselves. All of the candidates assiduously courted the Kennedy endorsement. Jan 10, Jill rated it it was amazing. But Obama turns out to be. Senator from Arizona — U. The two of them were surrounded by a tight knot of loyalists who may have been too small for inventive ideas.

I know, what a surprise. And Jon campaign was an unending comedy of errors: Plus, everyone cusses a lot more than you would imagine and that makes it pretty funny too.

I was left wanting so much more.